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Posted on June 8, 2018 by Sioux under General
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After a few days of rain, I awoke to sunny skies, which meant only one thing – walkabout time! My client had visitors coming for tea and said I could extend my break to 3 hours. I wasn’t about to argue and headed off as soon as lunch was done. Walking in the opposite direction to where I had previously ventured, my destination was the start of the walking trails of Underskiddaw.

 

Little did I know what hills awaited me just to get there! It was a very pleasant walk with a few well known landmarks along the way, starting off with the gracious Applethwaite Victorian Country House, built in 1881. It stands in two acres of woodland gardens and is now let out as self-catering apartments.

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A tad further on up the slopes of Skiddaw is Underscar Luxury Accommodation, a beautiful complex looking out over the villages and lakes. The 1850’s coach house was converted into a private home by a wealthy Russian who passed the property onto his wife as a divorce settlement. It has been resold and transformed to create 25 luxury 5-star time-share holiday homes. I could only get into the front courtyard but from what I could see the rest of the estate looked magnificent! 

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I noticed some Highland cattle in the forest alongside the road, and as they were relaxed and there was a fence between us, I took the advantage to get some photos. Highland are a Scottish cattle breed with long horns and long wavy-haired coats in varying colours such as black, brindle, red, yellow, white, silver or dun. Originating from the Highlands and Hebrides Islands of Scotland, Highland cattle were first mentioned as far back as the 6th century AD. They are a hardy breed, and their long unusual double coat of hair makes them able to withstand harsh winter conditions. The outer hair is oily and the longest of any cattle breed, and covers a downy undercoat. Digging through the snow with their horns to find buried plants, their skill in foraging for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas where they both graze and eat plants that many other cattle avoid.  

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The incline got steeper as I climbed higher but the final view was well worth the effort.

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Going down again wasn’t too hard and I managed not to get into a speed wobble!

 

I got back in time for another glorious sunset, but it wasn’t too long before the skies were heavy with dark clouds again.

 

A fab afternoon out and no rain this time! Now all I could hope for was some snow.

 

One response to “I owe, I owe, its off to a new area I go #3 – funny forest dwellers!”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Lovely pics thanks! You will do anything including the Highland Fling to get pics hey LOL!

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